"The Maze Runner" By: James Dashner

By: Haley Gibson

Book Jacket:

As Thomas looked up through the elevator bars and saw the end coming quickly. He braced himself for impact, but when nothing came he peeked out of his hands and was surprised at what he saw. A bunch of boys that looked about his age were staring down at him and commenting on him. The boys helped me up and the guy that looks like the leader walked up to me and said, "Nice to meet ya, shank," the boy said "Welcome to the Glade." After the boy said that Thomas knew he was in for one heck of an adventure.

Literary Analysis: Part 1

"There's too many weird things going on, and it all started when this shuck-face Greenie showed up. And he just happens to be the first to survive a night out in the Maze. Something ain't right, and until we figure it out, i officially recommend that we lock his butt in the Slammer--- for a month, and then have another review."- Gally
"Those are the Runners. And that guy in the middle there, that's Minho, he's the Keeper of the Runners. Now every morning, when those doors open, they run the maze, mapping it, memorizing it, trying to find a way out"-Newt
"Things are changing. There's no denying that. First Ben gets stung in broad daylight. And then Alby. And now our Greenie here, has taken it upon himself to go into the maze. Which is a clear violation of our rules here"-Gally
"Guys, I'm one of them. The people who put us here, I worked with them. I-I watched you guys for years. The entire time you've been here, I... I was on the other side of it"-Thomas
"Well... I think it's safe to say the Maze Trials were a complete success. I wasn't expecting so many survivors, but the more the merrier. Thomas continues to surprise and impress. And for now, they seem to have taken the bait. It's too soon to say, but they could be the key to everything. So let's move forward. It's time now to begin Phase Two"- Ava Paige

Literary Analysis: Part 2

Point of view:
A narrator is telling the story. The impact is that it is not on just one persons thoughts. They include everyone instead of just by using first person. It would change the story if someone else told it, because in the third person P.o.v. they include everyone's experience instead of just one person's thoughts and feelings.

Literary Analysis: Part 3

Thomas is the main character of the Maze Runner. He is brave, protective, and loyal. He shows all of these characteristics through his actions because when they were fighting the Grievers in the end of the book, he took to the front lines.
Chuck is another main character of the Maze Runner. He is childish, kind, accepting, and funny. These are showed through his actions towards others. He was the first boy of the group to accept Thomas in. He is Thomas' best friend, and is also extremely brave, because in the end of the book he sacrificed himself for Thomas when Gally was gonna kill him. It just shows how close to each other they really are. He served as a little brother to all of the Gladers.
Gally is yet another important character of the Maze Runner. He is negative, single- minded, and does not like change. He shows theses characteristics through his actions mostly because in the beginning of the book when Thomas came in he didn't seem to like him much. As the story went on, everything kept changing because of Thomas, and since he was a council member he thought Thomas should've been punished harshly for everything that he has caused.
Teresa is one of the main characters from the Maze Runner. She is very focused, passionate, and is cunning. She shows theses characteristics through most of her actions because in the end of the book when they were escaping, she was the one to figure out how to put the right numbers in the correct places. She also was very kind to Thomas and helped him get better when he stuck himself with a Griever stinger for memories.
Minho is the final main character from the Maze Runner. He is strong, brave, and stubborn. He shows these characteristics through his actions, because he was also with Thomas on the front lines when they were going against the Grievers in the end off the book. He acts before he thinks, but also does not like being told what's right or wrong.

Literary Analysis: Part 4

The setting is they are in the very middle of a huge maze, and they have some livestock, gardens,trees, and they have a grave yard too. All of the gardens and animals need to be taken care of, and the bodies need to be buried. The stuff they have around the Glade give all of the boys jobs. It would make a big difference if they were in the past because the story they are telling is for the future and the story would only work if it is always in the future.

Literary Analysis: Part 5

Some of the main conflicts are that the Gladers are torn on if they want to get out. Some of them do, but then some of them don't. The ones that do go with Thomas, and the ones that don't stay with Gally. Also that Gally just doesn't like Thomas, because of him changing everything. The conflict between Thomas and Gally has started at the very beginning of the book when Thomas threw Gally out of the circle, and when the infected boy Ben said that he saw Thomas as part of W.I.C.K.E.D. when he was under going The Changing.

Literary Analysis: Part 6

The story is all about how they are going to get out of the Maze, and away from W.I.C.K.E.D. so they can go back to their own lives and families. It makes me think this way because of how determined everyone is to get out of the Maze, and also when Chuck makes a little charm for when he meets his real mom. It shows how bad they all want to get out of the Maze. The themes are mostly developed by the Gladers actions.

Tic-Tac-Toe: 2c

The characters would be different because if it were in the past and it would actually happen in the present then they would be a lot older. If it were only in the present then they might actually have a world to come out of the Maze to.

Tic-Tac-Toe: 4b

Dear Thomas,
What you did was crazy out there dude! I mean you saved Alby and yourself from a Griever while keeping you and Minho alive in the Maze. I mean sure Gally isn't happy with what happened but he is always unhappy when something you do changes things. Anyway that was amazing and in my opinion it was super awesome, because you broke like our #1 rule bro. You must be some kind of hero or something! If we do make it out of here then I would love it if we could be friends outside of the Maze. Well I just wanted to say you are awesome, but it is bedtime and I shouldn't even be awake right now! Read this when you can! Bye!
Your Best Bud,

Tic-Tac- Toe: 9a

We were so close to getting out of the Maze... We were at the very end. We literally just had to open a door, and we would be free. Then Gally just had to come after us because he didn't want anyone leaving. Now we are in a stand off with Gally. Who might I add has a knife. He's saying something and I'm replying, but I just can't hear myself because of the blood rushing through my ears. Then he throws the knife and everything goes into slow motion after that... Minho throws a spear and then I see Chuck in my line of sight, and hear a sound that will stay with me for the absolute rest of my life. A thud... and not a second after just silence. I see Chuck standing still. Then everything goes back into motion all at once and I'm holding a dying Chuck in my arms. He says "T-Thomas... Thomas here." He holds out his hand and grabs mine and puts a little charm in it. Tears start pouring down my face as I look at him. He is in so much pain, it hurts me to see it.
I look at him and say "Chuck no... I-I promised that you would be the one to give it to her..." by now I'm full on crying. My best friend is laying here dying in my arms, and I can't do anything to stop it. "Please... a-and Thomas..." He whispers. I'm probably killing his hand from squeezing too hard while I answer, "Yeah Chuck?" He smiles the best smile that he can muster and I can hear Minho and Newt choking up. He says with a small voice, "Thank you... for being my friend..... and for getting us out of here." I smile a shaky smile "Y-your welcome buddy.... Anything else?" He smiles one last time and takes his last breath and says "T-tell t-them... I love them..." He whispers the last part and finally he goes limp, and I go numb. I start shaking him. "Chuck... Chuck c'mon Bud don't do this to me..." I start screaming his name, "CHUCK! NO PLEASE DON'T DO THIS TO US... I promised you would meet them..." I whisper the last part as I hold his cold lifeless body in my arms. Then I see a light seep into the room. I look back and see the exit that opened up. I was still holding Chuck in my arms when it took Minho and Newt to get me off of him. I whisper with wide eyes "I-I just can't believe he did that for me..." I start crying all over again.
We all took a moment of remorse then sobered back up. I look at everyone that's still in the room then look at the outside world. As I look out I can't help but think 'Chuck would've loved this...' Then I look at the charm in my hand and think, 'I promise to get this to your parents.... I will stop at nothing until they get this...' I take one last look at his dead body, then start walking through the exit clutching the charm close to my heart...

6 Months Later

I frown sadly as I look at Chuck's grave. A flashback shoots through my head as I shove my hands into my hoodie pockets. Flashback: Right after we got out of the Maze we were met with bright sunlight and green grass. We were in the middle of a big grassland, and we just started walking. After a week we got to civilization. It was a city called Albany, we ended up in New York. I look around and then start walking to a nearby police station. We tell our story and they tell us that W.I.C.K.E.D. is a well known crime syndicate for kidnapping children and making them go through all of these trials. I think to myself 'Thank God we got out when we did then...' I look at the officer and say "How do we get home?" He asked for our finger prints and searched his database. He found our parents and called all of them. I ask him before I leave "Was one of the kids that was missing named Chuck?" He thinks really hard and types something into his computer and says "Why yes young man, is he with you all?" I look down sadly and say, "No sir, he didn't survive." He looks up and says, "Then why did you ask?" I reply sadly "I need to give his parents something..." When his parents arrive they come rushing in and then look around in confusion and say, "Where is Chuck?" I walk over to them with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart. "H-he told me to give this to you..." I hand them the charm and some tears slip out of my eyes. "He said to tell you that he loves you both..." They hug me while crying and say, "Thank you, were you two close?" I answer "He was like a little brother to me..." My parents come in last and rush to me and hug me. I hug them back super hard and start crying. I look back at Chuck's parents and say, "Goodbye..." I walk out of the door and into my re-newed life. End of flashback.
I smile sadly and say "Your parents were very happy to know that you cared so much that you carved that for them... I'll come back later... I promise." I leave the grave yard and go home, satisfied that I could visit him today. THE END!


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